Gearing up for School

gearing up for school

Returning back to school is always a big transition, not only for children but for parents too. To help you and your child prepare for the new school year, here are some back to school tips to help get you prepared for a fresh start.
  • Get back into your sleep routine. Set up a regular bedtime and morning time routine to help prepare your child for school. Try to begin this about a week before school begins.
  • Get organized, the best way to prepare for back to school time is to be organized. Designate a spot in your house for school-related items. Use that spot daily so that your child learns to organize his/her own things and can easily grab them on the way out the door. 
  • Shop for school supplies together. Allow them to pick out their own backpack, lunchbox, etc. This is a great way to give them a little bit of responsibility.
  • Allow your child to help make their lunch the night before and allow them to choose their own snacks. This will save parents a lot of stress and meltdowns when your child decides they don’t like what you packed for them the next day.
  • Turn off the TV and Video games. For a lot of children, summertime is filled with endless video games and watching TV. Ease your child into the learning process by turning off the electronics and encourage them to read or play quietly.
  • Choose clothing the night before and have it laid out for the morning.
  • Keep shoes organized, it will save you a lot of time knowing where both shoes are when it’s time to go out the door.
  • Make sure that your children complete their homework before they go to bed. Completing homework in the car is not the best environment for learning.
  • Keep backpacks fully stocked, a change of clothes and any other important items your child might need should be available at all times.
  • Organize your own items. This way you and your child can head for the car and be completely stress-free. 
  • Get your child’s yearly checkup. School and germs go hand in hand, so it’s best to get your child’s yearly checkup before school even starts. Get any required vaccinations and ask your pediatrician the best ways your child can stay healthy throughout the school year.
Through preparation and organization, you can ensure that your child will have a smooth transition to the start of the new school year. By doing so, you and your child can enjoy the rest of your summer break!

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